The UT Extension Office in Rhea County will be hosting a UT
Advanced Master Beef Producer program beginning on Monday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ag
Center & Fairgrounds in Evensville. This program is offered to all eligible producers regardless
of knowledge, race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status and
will be taught by UT Extension Specialists, UT Extension Agents and Industry Representatives.
cost of each program is $150 that includes all educational sessions and reference manual. However,
the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will be offering a $100 scholarship to producers who
qualify. After successfully completing the program, participants will be eligible for additional
cost share funds through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program in 2014.
Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is conducted by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The program provides cost share funds to agricultural producers. Funds are provided for long-term
investments in Tennessee’s livestock and farming operations. Cost share opportunities include
cattle genetics, livestock equipment, hay storage, feed storage, grain storage and producer
diversification. For more information, go to www.TN.gov/agriculture/enhancement
cattlemen who have completed the Master Beef Program and who are BQA certified and have their
Premise Identification number will be eligible for reimbursement of 50 percent instead of the
standard 35 percent.
Not only will the UT Advanced Master Beef producer course provide
increased cost share opportunities, it provides a crash course in cattle production. The course will
cover a wide variety of topics including reproduction, health, genetics, handling equipment and
Those interested or who would like more information are asked to contact the
Rhea County Extension Office at 775-7807, e-mail Rhea County Extension Agent Jerry Lamb at
or visit the Rhea County Extension webpage at